August 05, 2010

For the First Time In Her Life This Vacation, Michelle Obama is Proud to be an American Living Large On the Taxpayer's Dime

Let them eat flan:

While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends." According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama's Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, "luxurious," "posh" and "a millionaires' playground." Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.

To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

Andrea Tantaros compares Michelle Obama to a modern-day Marie Antoinette, but I suspect that comparison is unfair. There is no evidence Obama favors another country as Antoinette did Austria, just that she has so little "like" for this one.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 5, 2010 03:46 PM

Wonder if she is going to steal the dishes from the White House when she is packing to leave? Wasnt Hitlary accused of that?

Posted by: capt26thga at August 5, 2010 05:24 PM

In a capitalist democracy, one does not begrudge anyone success whether measured by the size of their bank account or how they choose to spend it. The mere fact that others can achieve success means that it is possible for us all.

That said, how our President and his family spend their time is a matter of legitimate concern, particularly when public resources are being used, again and again, for ostentatious displays of consumption. A vacation with 40 or so "close friends" in Spain in suites costing up to $2500 a night?! A Secret Service contingent of at least 70? Rational people would forgo such conspicuous consumption because it simply looks and smells very, very badly, particularly considering the current economic climate.

But of course, the Obamas and their "close friends" aren't like the rest of us. They're entitled. They're citizens of the world. The anointed. But they have done the great unwashed a favor. By doing this, they have made absolutely clear that they care nothing at all about what those they rule think, nor do they care about their economic difficulties.

Posted by: mikemcdaniel at August 5, 2010 07:17 PM


It is amusing. Bush went home to Crawford to do yard work while Obama & family, including the damn dog, jet all over the world.

Honestly that annoys me more than anything else. The *dog* got a private jet. Like a dog would care.

Posted by: memomachine at August 5, 2010 08:34 PM

The dog did not get a private jet. It just flew with the rest of the staff. After all, the First Family can't be bothered with taking care of a dog in the close confines of Air Force One.

Posted by: zhombre at August 5, 2010 09:13 PM

Hi to all, I am a spaniard and I know by the news here that many regions of Spain are sending presents and so on to Michele Obama. I wouldnt doubt that she is not paying as much as you ppl think. For those hotels it is also important to show to the world that their clients are as important as the most important family in US, probably the most important family nowadays, or close to. By the way, this also shows that the family of the President do not think spaniards are racist, which we have been accussed of many times, probably due to our expressions or culture not understood by many. Anyway we are glad to have them here, it would be nice to have you around sometime too. We are very fond of discussing about everything, that is the latin gen (latin comes from Italy not from southamerica). If I were u I would also go to visit "la alhambra" you will not believe it. Anyway, nice talking to you.

Posted by: Amicus at August 6, 2010 12:54 PM

Leave Michelle Obama ALONE!!!! She's a HUMAN!!!!!!

- random emo twit

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at August 6, 2010 01:27 PM

here's hoping she comes down with a strong dose of traveler's tummy and spends the week in the latrine....

Posted by: redc1c4 at August 6, 2010 02:06 PM